Redirecting Carbon Flow through Mesophyll and Bundle Sheath Cells of Sugarcane to Produce Poly-3-Hydroxybutyrate (2010–2015)

The aim of this project is to redirect the flow of carbon towards production of a biorenewable plastic (poly-3-hydroxybutyrate) in the bundle sheath and mesophyll cells of the tropical and temperate grasses that use the C4 photosynthesis, sugarcane and switchgrass, respectively. This work is significant in that it will provide an increased understanding of C4 plant biochemistry and metabolism which in-turn will allow the manipulation of the biochemical pathways of major bioenergy crops to produce valued-added industrial chemicals and materials. The expected outcomes are: 1) A systems approach to plant metabolic engineering; and 2) Biomass crops that produce commercial levels of the biodegradable biopolymer poly-3-hydroxybutyrate.
Grant type:
ARC Linkage Projects
Funded by:
Australian Research Council